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Report: Uncha Mountain Red Hills: Vegetation Management in a Post-Mountain Pine Beetle Landscape

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The objective of this project is to provide direction to the Ministry of Environment, Environmental Stewardship Division on managing the vegetation of Uncha Mountain Red Hills Park in a post-mountain pine beetle landscape.

Author:  Adrian de Groot and Brad Armitage

Date Published:  Mar 2007

Report ID:  12092

Audience:  Government and Public

Natural values in Uncha Mountain Red Hills Park are very high in terms of vegetation and wildlife. The forests are mostly made up by mixed species stands containing in varying mixtures lodgepole pine, interior spruce, subalpine fir, trembling aspen, Douglas-fir, paper birch, with minor amounts of cottonwood and black spruce. Grasslands presently cover 129 ha of the park, with most grasslands located on steep rocky south-facing slopes above Francois and Uncha lakes. These grasslands are Red-listed by the BC Conservation Data Centre. Several other plant communities at risk occur in the park, most significantly a Blue-listed Douglas-fir forest type near the northwestern edge of the range of Douglas-fir. The most significant wildlife values in the park are very high and high quality moose and deer winter range habitat. Management direction for the park, given in the Lakes Land and Resources Management Plan and in the park Management Direction Statement, is clear that management actions to maintain plant communities at risk and in response to mountain pine beetle are acceptable. Potential impacts to values adjacent to the park must also be considered when managing the park. Provincial park policy indicates that natural processes will be allowed to proceed as much as possible, but that management actions, such as prescribed fire, are acceptable in certain circumstances. This report looked at the need for management action to related to the three types of changes occurring in the park.

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  Terrestrial Information
  Region - Skeena
  Terrestrial Information - Restoration

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